It really is the end of an era. My incredible colleagues, Wayne and Cindy, are retiring after teaching in Nahanni Butte for 10 years. It is rare to find people willing to spend so long in a community as remote as this, and on top of that they are two of the most inspiring educators you could ever hope to meet. Also, the student population will drop significantly next year as the oldest kids head off to Fort Simpson for Grades 11 &12.
As for me -- even though I don't want to be a teacher as a long-term career, working with these children and watching them grow up has been one of the best experiences I've ever had. I feel privilaged to have played a small role in their lives, and hopefully I've made something of a positive impact on them. I know I am going to miss them very much.